How to Come up With a Craft Idea for Kid Programs
Are you a camp director or Sunday School teacher looking for a craft i
dea for kid enrichment? Maybe you feel like you are just not the crea
tive type, and you struggle with coming up with craft projects. It is
true that some people just have a knack for finding or even inventing
craft ideas, but your creativity can be improved. There are ways to
make it easier to find a craft idea for kid needs.
First, lay aside any perfectionism. Locking yourself into thinking th
ere is only one right way to do something makes every decision harder.
Regardless of the kid program you are helping with, there are always
many suitable craft ideas out there. Don't worry about picking the w
rong one! If you've taken into consideration the age and skill levels
of the kids involved, your choice will be adequate.
Next, consider your budget. When choosing a craft idea for kid progr
ams, you need to be aware that some of them are expensive. Prepackag
ed kits to make a fun foam picture frame or a craft stick cross are a
ffordable for a few kids, but if you are needing to do a craft with a
lot of kids, these kits might cost too much. It's often easy to do
almost exactly the same project by just looking at the craft kit comp
onents and buying the same materials in bulk at the discount store.
You may have to do some preparation, like cutting out shapes ahead of
time, or at least making cardboard patterns for the kids to use in c
utting out their own. The savings will be worth it, however.
Another consideration is this: in spite of years of indoctrination from
women's libbers, the fact remains that boys and girls like different so
rts of crafts! If the craft seems a little girly, don't use it at boys'
camp. Stick with lace-up leather billfolds, Indian artifacts, dinosaur
art, and similar projects. Girls will like beads and anything that's p
ink or purple. For a craft idea for kid camp where there are kids of bo
th sexes, keep it on the